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Friday, July 1, 2011

Catskills Irish Arts Week is profiled by Irish Echo music writer Earle Hitchner

Billy McComiskey

Irish Echo music critic Earle Hitchner has written a great story - Mad for Trad in the Mountains - about the Catskills Irish Arts Week, taking place on July 10-16, 2011 in East Durham, NY.

Putting the 17th annual Irish music gathering in a larger context, Hitchner writes:

" During a time when the miasmic U.S. economy has convinced many summer music schools and festivals to cut costs by cutting staff, Paul Keating, the artistic director of CIAW since November 2003, has taken a counterintuitive approach. “Our budget has no frills, and some have suggested that I also trim personnel to save money,” he said by phone from his home in Hillsdale, N.J. “But I feel if I do, what’s going to attract people? The drawing card of the Catskills Irish Arts Week has always been the caliber of staff and performers we bring in each year.”

To read the entire story, click here

Go to Catskills Irish Arts Week for more information.

For more details on Irish music and cultural activities in New England throughout the summer, visit

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